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Samsung Officially Unveils $499 Odyssey Virtual Reality Headset

It’s official: Samsung is making a Windows Mixed Reality-based virtual reality headset, which is officially called the Samsung HMD Odyssey. Both companies announced the partnership on Tuesday at a Microsoft Mixed Reality event in San Francisco.

“Samsung is committed to working across platforms to build cutting-edge technology, and we’re excited to partner with Microsoft to shape the future of virtual reality,” said Samsung Electronics America VP and GM Alanna Cotton in a statement.

The device features dual OLED displays made by Samsung that offer a 110-degree field-of-view, as well as built-in AKG headphones, inside-out tracking, and a built-in microphone. It also ships with two motion controllers. It will retail for $499 and be available later this year in the U.S., China, Korea, Brazil, and Hong Kong, with pre-orders starting on Oct. 3.

Much of these details were already known before Tuesday’s announcement, thanks to a series of leaks. A Twitter user had gotten hold of pictures of the headset last month, and Variety was first to report about an FCC filing last week that not only confirmed the name of the device, but also suggested that a release was imminent.

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